Faith While I Wait

ACS_0239Wait…wait…wait…. It seems I’m always waiting.  In traffic.  In the doctor’s office.  In the checkout aisle.  For my kids to come to dinner table.  For my kids to do the task I asked them five times to do!  For that package to come in the mail.  I really don’t like waiting!  But it’s a part of life, isn’t it?

The worst kind of waiting, however, is waiting on God.  Waiting on God to reveal His plan.  Or worse yet, the long lingering when you already think (operative word, here) you know what God should do, and you just have to wait for Him to work it all out.  Sometimes I even try to maneuver things myself to get things underway, but that always ends up in a mess!  Remember how Sarah and Abraham took matters into their own hands while waiting for the birth of the child of promise?  That got ugly! (Gen. 16) Usually, however, when I think I have it all worked out, that’s when God throws a curve ball in my plans, and thinks end up so much better in the end.  Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways….”  God’s way is wiser and more informed than my way.  And I would do well to just let Him work out all the details.  But how?

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I spent some time in Bible study using “Go God’s Way,” a printable bundle and devotional available at Sweet’n Sassy Stamps, and designed and written by Diane Noble.  My main take away–without revealing too much, because it’s a study worth getting on your own–is that the process involves 1) waiting, 2) worshiping, and 3) trusting.  This study includes Bible verses on each of those three aspects, and whenever you seek the Word for advice, it’s powerful stuff!

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I landed in Psalm 131:2.  This passage talks about quieting ourselves like a weaned child.  It reminded me of one of my children (to remain nameless), when he was newly weaned, who just wanted to rest against my bare chest, presumably to still feel the intimate closeness and touch, even without the nursing.  Oh, if I could just rest in God’s intimacy and closeness while I waited for Him to move!  Faith while I wait!

I NEEDED to creatively journal this worship experience, so I chose to I pulled out some mixed media products.  I have a process video, so you can see how the whole page came together.  Basically, I smooshed, sponged, stamped, colored, stickered, embellished, and then journaled to create this page.  I have the products listed below.  Currently, there are amazing sales going on at Dayspring (like BOGO), and through July 5th, you can take an extra 5% off of EVERYTHING at Scrapbook.com.  Just use code JULYFIVE18.

Thanks for stopping by!  What do you do to help pass the time while you wait?

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Go God’s Way Printable Bundle and Devotional

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“Life in Jesus” Stamp Set
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Handcrafted by God

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

(Psalm 139:13-16)

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This past weekend I entered a new stage of adulthood.  I became a great-aunt.  Not just once, mind you.  Not even twice.  But three times over!  I became a triple great-aunt in a matter of TWO DAYS!  Two of my nieces had babies within two days of each other.  Needless to say, my sister was over the moon that both of her daughters gave birth to healthy baby girls on opposite sides of the state, and she was able to be there for both of them.  Here’s a picture of twins Leah and London, and baby Aria.  Aren’t they just beautiful?!

 

These precious little bundles of joy had been prayed and longed for by many people, especially their parents.  But long before they had even been conceived and thought of by their own parents, God had lovingly planned them and designed them.  And when it came time for their little bodies to grow inside their mothers’ wombs, He tenderly handcrafted them with love.  Their parents will continue to grow and nurture them with love and care, just as God will continue to watch over and protect them with His love and tenderness.

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I created this Bible journaling page in celebration of their birth.  I love to commemorate events in my Bible much like I would in a scrapbook.  I created a tag with distress oxide inks and then “Handcrafted by God with love”.  I added some splatter color on the page, washi tape, and a tag.  I finished by stamping the babies’ names and journaling my praise.

Praise God for my three new great-nieces.  Praise God for His life-giving love!

 

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Flourish Like Palms | Bible Journaling

fullsizeoutput_46a12  The righteous flourish like the palm tree

and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13  They are planted in the house of the LORD;

they flourish in the courts of our God.

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I’ve always loved  this Bible verse in Psalm 92 where it says that the righteous will flourish like palms and cedars because it reminds me of my children and my role as a parent.  Every Christian parent wants their children to be righteous and to flourish in the Lord. To “flourish” means to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.  We as parents need to provide the environment for them to flourish into a righteous follower of Christ. But why does the psalmist use the imagery of a palm and a cedar tree to represent righteousness?fullsizeoutput_46aI moved to Florida almost eight years ago.  I can say in all honesty that I’ve never seen storms like I’ve seen here in Florida.  This past summer we endured Hurricane Irma.  I’ve come to understand one of the significant reasons why the palm is used in this psalm.  During these incredible storms, with torrential winds and rain, a palm tree will blow and fold and bend, but it will rarely break.  God designed the palm tree in such a way, with its spread-out roots, foldable fronds, and wiry trunk, to survive the storms of life.  And not only do these beautiful palm trees just survive, but they thrive in this climate!  They grow tall and stately, and historically they represent victory and celebration.  Palm trees flourish in adversity!

Now, on to cedar trees.  These aren’t just any cedar trees, though.  The Lebanon Cedar is a magnificent and massive tree.  Its wood is strong and has a pleasant odor, and is resistant to rot and insects.  Many Biblical woodworkers desired this wood, including Solomon for his Temple.

If you’ve met my three teenage boys, you might understand why I’ve always said that they were like Cedars of Lebanon.  They are BIG boys!  They eat me out of house and home, especially my youngest.  They are massive and strong like cedar trees.  Plus, we used to live in Lebanon, Pennsylvania (not the same as the Mediterranean Lebanon), and two of our three boys were born there.  So they are strong and big like the cedar trees of Lebanon (PA).

Perhaps this passage is saying that the righteous will flourish physically, like my boys have grown strong and healthy; but it is more likely to be saying that they will flourish spiritually.  Since it uses the palm and cedar analogies, we can understand more specifically how they will flourish.  They will be resilient in adversity, they will have a strong faith, they will be resistant to temptation, and they will be foundational in building God’s kingdom.  In order to truly flourish like this, I need to provide the environment for my children to grow, to plant them in God’s court.  That is my responsibility as their parent!fullsizeoutput_46aFor this page, I journaled in my Little Psalm Book, and I used several Sweet ‘N Sassy Stamps sets:  Brotherly Love, Be a Flamingo, and Bitty Minnie Alpha.  I stamped them with black ink and colored the images with Intense Blocks.  The Brotherly Love set is so much fun because you can individualize the finished look.  Two of my boys saw this and couldn’t believe how much it looked like them! (The other was indifferent.) I finished it off with some washi tape, a tab, a date stamp, and journaling.  (Affiliate links within the hyperlinks will take you to the products I used.  This week, through June 22, 20% off site-wide Sweet ‘N Sassy Stamps with code THANKS.)

What are some ways that you are helping your children flourish in a righteous environment?